Can you spot the Starling
There are 20 in there somewhere.
I watched a flock of approximately 200 Starlings that descended on a group of Hawthorn trees. The trees had numerous bramble trails over them which were overloaded with blackberries.
Normally, who takes much notice of Starlings, perhaps when they flock and perform their aerial display later in the autumn at dusk.
Close inspection reveals a really colourful species. Most of those that I observed are already in their winter plumage which I think is more colourful than their summer.
There are 10 in the image below.
Traditionally according to folklore, blackberries should not be picked after Michaelmas (29 September).
The "old wives tale" may in reality have more to do with a mould named Grey Botrytis Cinerea which can form on the berry late in the season.